Sarah Fansler Named Pac-10 Player of the Week|
April 20, 2009
USC junior Sarah Fansler came through with a big doubles upset and the match-clinching singles win for USC in a regular-season finale win over No. 10 UCLA to not only snap a five-match losing streak by the Trojans against the Bruins but also secure a historic undefeated Pac-10 finish and claim USC's first-ever Pac-10 Championship. For her efforts on the history-making winning day for USC - which also broke up a 21-year run of Stanford standing as a Pac-10 champion - Fansler has earned her first career selection as the Pac-10 Player of the Week.
Teaming up with Lyndsay Kinstler as the #65 doubles team, Fansler got an important first doubles win for USC, upsetting #56 Seguso/Wetmore 8-2 to help set up the Trojans to claim the doubles point in the match.
In singles, with USC up 3-1 and the remaining matches going into three sets, Fansler rallied back from a third-set deficit to clinch victory for USC. Fansler trailed 2-3 in the third getting a break and a hold to pull ahead for the first time in the set, up 4-3. Fansler broke Johansson again for a 5-3 lead, and although Johansson would cut it to 5-4, Fansler held strong and dealt out one last break to win her match 6-0, 4-6, 6-4 and clinch victory for the 2009 Pac-10 champion Trojans.
The Women of Troy now head to Ojai, Calif., for singles and doubles competition at the 2009 Pac-10 Championships, held April 23-26.